THE TOMBS: AN ADEPTS SOLEMN MESSAGE 281
grave risks. There are secret tombs of the great Lamas at Lhassa, in Tibet, whose existence. partly accounts for the reluctance of the Tibetans to allow foreigners to enter their country. Yet a day will come when people may be permitted to see those tombs and interfere with them, bringing consequent disasters upon themselves.
"In ancient times, Egypt was the chief centre of magical knowledge and practice. In magic, either white or black, i.e. used for good or evil purposes, Egypt excelled even India. To-day, those powerful psychic forces let loose in the past, still affect the country and its people—again either for uplifting or unfortunate results. Some of the latter, for instance, are diseases, like eczema, which are simply the consequence of evil, magical influences still persisting in the land and afflicting living Egyptians.
"Let this warning go out through your pen. Now you may understand why we have met. Even if it be scorned and ignored, my duty and yours—if you will accept it—shall have been done. Nature's laws do not pardon ignorance; but even that excuse shall have gone."
Thus ended Ra-Mak-Hotep's message. I have faithfully transcribed it and have set it down here for what it is worth.
We met a few more times, the Adept and I, and then I was called away to pursue my travels farther south. At each of our meetings he stored my head with information about the tenets of the mysterious fraternity to which he belonged. It was during a reference to some experiences of mine in India, where I had met a young Yogi who claimed that his Master was more than four hundred years old, that Ra-Mak-Hotep gravely announced the startling and incredible information that some Adepts who had lived and moved in ancient Egypt were still alive!
I shall not quickly forget the exclamations of astonishment with which I greeted his statement.
The pith of his assertions was that there are Adepts whose bodies lie in a comatose state in certain Egyptian tombs which have not yet been discovered, and which, ne claimed, would never be discovered by the ordinary archxologist.
"The tombs of these great Adepts are too well-guarded and